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Chicago Fire Review – A Fiery New Season (9×01)

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Eight months after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the remaining episodes of Chicago Fire, our favorites firefighters and paramedics at Firehouse 51 are back in action, and they haven’t missed a beat. The show’s hiatus didn’t stop it from showing the impacts of the pandemic in the world of NBC’s hit drama series: significantly less people working in the Firehouse, and characters acknowledging that the pandemic has affected a lot of the city and how it has affected their jobs.

The episode began with Joe Cruz literally running into work, and getting a quick temperature check before running inside. Chief Boden is in the middle of introducing the newest paramedic to the squad when Joe bursts into his office, apologizing for his tardiness because he hit a pot-hole on the way in. The new paramedic is introduced as Gianna Mackey (played by Adriyan Rae), who has known Joe all of her life.

Kelly Severide tells Matt Casey and Sylvie Brett that his girlfriend Stella Kidd’s Girl’s on Fire program was temporarily shut down due to the pandemic and that most of the office workers are working from home, leaving only the firefighters and paramedics inside. Brett then says that Emily Foster’s new job at Northwestern is also insane because of the pandemic. This was the show’s way of writing off the character after two seasons.

The Firehouse’s siren goes off, calling on Ambulance 61 to a call, giving Mackey and Brett their first call as new partners. The call is a possible overdose, and the victim’s brother appears and puts a gun to their heads, threatening violence if they try to take him to the hospital. In a huge act of bravery, Brett gets the victim on a stretcher and gets him into the ambulance, with the gunman chasing after them, and not a shot fired.

After returning back to the Firehouse, Joe immediately bombards Mackey with questions about her first call being so tense and insane. She calms him down nicely and goes into the kitchen to start making lunch for everyone, even giving a small smile to firefighter candidate Blake Gallo. I’m guessing this will be the first romance suspicion of the season, but I’m waiting for the day that Casey and Sylvie end up together.

Chief Boden informs Severide that Squad 3 are going to be testing new equipment on a Saturday, so they all have to come in. Stella then goes on a rant to her boyfriend about having her program shut down, and that she doesn’t want the young women that she’s inspired to lose interest in possibly being firefighters.

We now get our C plot of the episode, with my favorite characters Christopher Herrmann and “Mouch” McHolland. Herrmann learned about a guy who wrote a poem to a “hidden treasure” that tricked people into going out into nature, and he wants to do the same for Molly’s Patio, a new addition to Molly’s Bar, to lure people in for business. I’m sure they want to make sure that the bar is as socially distant as possible for when the characters go out for a drink after work. Candidate Darren Ritter overhears this and wants to help out with the poem. It’s Herrmann’s latest cash grab, and if history should repeat itself, it’ll most likely blow up in his face.

Boden informs his paramedics that the man who overdosed died in the hospital, causing Sylvie and Gianna to become nervous about the brother who pulled a gun on them while on the scene. Chicago P.D.’s Kim Burgess stops by to take a statement from them and informs them that the brother, Joe Halleck, has a long record of assault, robbery, and drug charges. The paramedics decide to stay on active duty but will be cautious if they see him.

After Gallo formally introduces himself to Gianna, Cruz pulls him aside and tells him to back off.

There’s a ray of sunshine in this episode, as Stella gets the all-clear to continue her Girls on Fire program, as long as it sticks to COVID regulations.

Mouch, Herrmann, and Ritter then bury the special Molly’s Coupon, which is free drinks for life. As I predicted earlier, they bury it outside the firehouse, which I’m sure will be extremely easy to find for anyone. I love the little plans that Herrmann gets himself into throughout the series. They then start writing the poem at the new Molly’s spot, and Ritter is shown to be incredibly helpful in poetry writing. As someone who also watches P.D. and Med, there isn’t a whole lot of lightheartedness in those shows, but Fire gives that in the form of Herrmann and Mouch. It used to be Cruz and Otis, but sadly, Otis’ character was killed off last season.

Everyone’s shift ends, and Sylvie heads home for the night. What she doesn’t know is that we get the “creepy stalker camera angle from a car” watching her as she drives away, and as she arrives home, her apartment door is slightly ajar. Calling Casey, he quickly arrives and they quietly go inside, thinking that Halleck might have broken in. They don’t find anything, and Casey says that he is staying the night on the couch just to make sure everything’s okay. They play “Head’s Up” together, and they are on the accent category, and Matt does a “terrible” Australian accent. I think this might be the fourth or fifth Australian joke they’ve made to Casey, since the actor who plays him (Jesse Spencer) is Australian in real life. The two laugh as they head off to bed. This little flirtmance BETTER turn into something real, come on, the fanbase wants it!

The next morning, Stella and Severide notice that Casey went to Sylvie’s, and they get suspicions that they might have been hooking up.

Herrmann and Mouch are doing a local TV ad for the Molly’s treasure hunt when the Firehouse is called to action. They arrive to the scene, which is a burning photography studio with dozens trapped inside. It should be noted that all paramedics and firemen standing outside were masked up. Sylvie gives advice to Gianna on helping victims as they get to work and wait for additional ambulances to help. Inside the building, Stella sees a couple of people run in the wrong direction to safety, and she runs after them. An explosion goes off in the building, trapping Severide and knocking his mask off. Stella knocks over a set statue in the studio and breaks a wall down to get to where Severide is. She gets his oxygen back on his face and frees him, and the two make it out of the building, while also saving one last victim before safely making it out.

Back in the Firehouse, Boden brings Stella into his office and shows her a picture of Engine 21, an 1872 squad of all-Black firefighters in Chicago. This is a real-life squad that has greatly impacted Chicago’s Fire Department. Boden says that there aren’t women or people of color involved in the CFD, and he wants her to take a lieutenant test when it is next offered. I LOVE this for Stella: her character development has been phenomenal over the last several seasons, and she’s grown to be a smart, and influential part of the series.

As said in the past, someone digs up the free drink coupon mere hours after the word was put out. As usual, one of Herrmann’s plans falls short, and now he has to give a guy free drinks forever.

Severide encourages Stella to take the lieutenant test, and that he is going to help her out to prepare for it.

Gallo, while getting the evil eye from Cruz, tries to avoid asking out Gianna. Gianna then asks herself out, pretending to be Gallo, giving him a wink as Ambulance 61 is called upon. As they being their drive, Joe Halleck drives next to them and tries to shoot them! The episode ends with both Halleck, and Ambulance 61 crashing off the side of the highway, and landing with a crash to the ground.

Overall, I would say this was a solid season premiere! It was great to see all of these characters, as well as get some new ones, along with a great cliffhanger to end the hour. The (hopeful) resolution will be solved in next week’s episode!

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Bill Wetherbee is a recent graduate of Wagner College with a degree in Theater! Currently based in New York City, he loves to learn everything about the TV/film industry, watching everything that's trendy, and analyzing his favorite reality shows, Survivor and Big Brother! Twitter/Instagram: bill__wetherbee

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Why Is Taylor Kinney Leaving ‘Chicago Fire’?

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Shocking news Firehouse 51—Taylor Kinney is exiting Chicago Fire.

Deadline reported the news on Friday, Jan. 20, revealing that the actor, who anchors the show as Kelly Severide, will be taking a break from the series.

Kinney has been a staple on the Dick Wolf drama since its inception in 2012 and is a huge reason why the series has retained such a dedicated viewership. 

While an official reason was not provided, and a rep for the show did not offer a comment, sources close to production told the outlet that Kinney is taking a “leave of absence” to deal with a personal matter. No word on what the situation is. 

The cast and crew were reportedly informed of the leave right before the news broke, with the writer’s room likely having to rewrite scripts to accommodate the change.

It’s unclear whether this will be a permanent leave, nor is there any info about how he will be written out for now. 

Kinney has not addressed the news himself as of writing. 

This is the latest shocking exit in the #OneChicago world as Jesse Lee Soffer, who plays Jay Halstead on Chicago PD, exited earlier this season, while Brian Tee hung up his coat earlier this season on Chicago Med after portraying Ethan Choi since 2015.

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See All the Photos From ‘Chicago Fire’s Halloween-Themed Episode

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Firehouse 51 is gearing up for Halloween.

New photos were released from Chicago Fire’s Oct.19 episode titled “Haunted House,” and it looks like the squad will get to indulge in a little bit of mischief and mayhem before being called to save lives.

Check out the synopsis for Season 11 Episode 5: “Firehouse 51 hosts a Halloween open house; Kidd and Severide help a young girl after she gets kicked out of her home.”

And check out the photos below:

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: (l-r) David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann, Daniel Kyri as Darren Ritter, Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: (l-r) Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden, Christian Stolte as Randy “Mouch” McHolland, Sarah Dell’Amico as Denise — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden, Christian Stolte as Randy “Mouch” McHolland, Randy Flagler as Capp — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: (l-r) Anthony Ferraris as Tony, Randy Flagler as Capp, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

 

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Chicago Fire Finale Review: The Magnificent City of Chicago (10×22)

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Chicago Fire The Magnificent City of Chicago Review 10x22

Wedding bells are ringing, and Casey makes his grand return for Chicago Fire’s epic season finale!

After Severide got jumped by a gang last week, it was time to plan a wedding! Herrmann gathered the entire firehouse together, and gave everyone (except Emma) jobs that will secure the quickest wedding setup in history. Stella even asked Boden to give her away at the altar. Despite the writing saying that Casey might not show up, Casey showed up! It was great to see Jesse Spencer back in the role we’ve gone so used to seeing him play for the last ten years.

With Sylvie back in the house, she threw Stella a surprise makeshift bachelorette party, which was freaking adorable. On the other hand, Casey and Severide had one of their old fashioned bro moments, since it is most likely going to be the last one we see of them.

Disaster struck as the venue they thought they had booked, had to go back on their word, as a previously cancelled wedding decided to be back on. Casey came to the rescue once again, as he bought out a tour boat for all the guests, and the captain of the ship will be able to marry Severide and Stella.

Severide started to meet with several officers who were looking to start a case against Thomas Campbell, who runs a narotic ring and organized the attack on Severide after the food truck case. While heading to talk to the investigators, Severide was attacked again, but shoved the henchman out a window in self-defense. Regardless, Severide still committed to testify to help the investigation.

The showdown between Emma and Violet came to a head as well. Sylvie returned to Chicago, and Violet filled her in on all of the blackmailing schemes that Emma has started up against her and Hawkins. Hawkins went to his higher ups and wanted to find a way for Violet to somehow escape this situation, even if he had to take the biggest hit for it.

A house fire brought some news to light about Emma. Violet, Stella, Gallo, and Emma were helping a pregnant woman next door neighbor who was hit with debris, when the fire started spreading to their location. Everyone else was calm, but Emma wanted to high-tail it out of the building without everyone. The fire stressed out Emma, and she bolted, abandoning the team inside. The team who had the guts to stay helped deliver the woman’s baby with flames all around them.

Hawkins, who arrived at the fire, saw the whole thing unfold, and discarded the blackmail, and fired Emma for abandoning her crew.

Casey gave Gallo his favorite axe, as he doesn’t use it a whole lot out in Oregon. This is quite literally the passing of the torch for the future of Firehouse 51, as Gallo is sure to grow as a firefighter in future seasons.

At the end, the wedding began, with John Legend’s “All of Me” playing, and I rolled my eyes since that was one of the most cliche things possible. They both had adorable wedding vows which I’m sure actors will use for future audition monologues.

Chief Boden danced during the party, and I think that’s the only important thing I’ll ever need to see on my screen the rest of the year. However, the door did close on Sylvie and Casey, as she decided to stay in Chicago, and he is going back to Oregon, where his life really is.

It wouldn’t be a finale without a cliffhanger! As Stella and Severide begin their honeymoon in a cabin, a mysterious truck silently arrives, assuming it might be someone hunting Severide.

This was a great finale! It tied up the loose ends of Emma’s situation (see, I told you there would be a loophole to get her out)! We also got Casey’s full conclusion, and even though it is the end of his time here, we at least get Sylvie back in Ambulance 61. Who knows, maybe they’ll continue to reference Casey in every episode like they did after he left. Season 11 is sure to be some great twists and stories, with Severide having to go against this narotics ring, and adjusting to married life. I think sparks are in the air for Violet and Gallo…again.

What did you think of tonight’s season 10 closer? Leave a comment below.

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